What's My Line?

Season 9 Episode 6


Aired Daily 12:00 AM Oct 06, 1957 on CBS
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Episode Summary

Game 1: Arthur Henderson (8/27/1893 - 8/28/1968) - "Member of the British Parliament" (salaried; he is a member of Britain's House of Commons, representing the two cities of Rowley Regis and Tipton in Staffordshire county; from London, England)

Game 2: Miss Marilyn Moe (her professional name) - Mrs. Marilyn Stader (her married name)(b. 4/21/1939)- "Hollywood Stunt Woman" (self-employed; her famous husband Paul Stader taught her this profession in which she has been working for three years; from Malibu, CA)

Game 3: Danny Thomas (1/6/1912 - 2/6/1991) (as Mystery Guest)

Game 4: Henry R. Borchers - "Sells Fire Hydrants" (salaried; from Shrub Oak, NY)

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John Daly

John Daly

Moderator (1950-1967)

Arlene Francis

Arlene Francis

Regular Panelist (1950-1967)

Bennett Cerf

Bennett Cerf

Regular Panelist (1951-1967)

Dorothy Kilgallen

Dorothy Kilgallen

Regular Panelist (1950-1965)

Danny Thomas (I)

Danny Thomas (I)

Mystery Guest

Guest Star

Marilyn Moe

Marilyn Moe


Guest Star

Ernie Kovacs

Ernie Kovacs

Guest Panelist

Guest Star

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (1)

    • Ernie Kovacs: (To Danny Thomas, after it has been established that his show is named after himself) The show is his name? The show has your name? Uh... what is your name? (The audience laughs)
      John: (laughing) Feldmen!

  • NOTES (5)

    • FLIP REPORT: John flipped the remaining cards for the final contestant at five down because time ran out. The panel didn't really come all that close on this one. - agent_0042 (2008)

    • (1) "WML?" SPONSOR WATCH: Helene Curtis has the honors of sponsoring tonight's show.
      (2) DANNY THOMAS - PART I: The legendary entertainer, television producer and philanthropist makes his only "WML?" appearance this evening, but he is hardly the only one in his family to have been on the show. Almost eight years later, on EPISODE #759 of April 11, 1965, his daughter, Marlo Thomas, made her only appearance on the program as a guest panelist, filling in for Dorothy Kilgallen. Dorothy's absence from that episode was ostensibly due to a broken shoulder, but by that point, she had had recurring substance abuse issues which culminated in her tragic death nearly seven months afterwards. Marlo's "WML?" appearance came a year before she landed the role of "Ann Marie" on the 1966-1971 sitcom "That Girl." As for tonight's mystery guest, Danny Thomas, it was five years from this episode, in 1962, that St. Jude Children's Research Hospital opened in Memphis, TN; Mr. Thomas was its founder. St. Jude has long been known for its treatment of children with catastrophic diseases, including cancer. Today, Marlo Thomas is St. Jude's main spokesperson.
      (3) DANNY THOMAS - PART II: In 1968, eleven years after tonight's show -- and the same year the syndicated "WML?" took to the air -- Mr. Thomas partnered with an up-and-coming TV producer, Aaron Spelling, on a new series called "The Mod Squad" which ran on ABC from 1968 to 1973. The series' success marked the beginning of a long association between Mr. Spelling and the "Alphabet Network," which continued into the late 1980's; this association also yielded a string of other hits including "The Rookies," "S.W.A.T.," "Charlie's Angels," "The Love Boat," "Fantasy Island" and "Dynasty." In fact, Mr. Spelling had so many shows on the network, at one point, that some people thought ABC's initials stood for "Aaron's Broadcasting Company."
      (4) "WML?" CREDITS CRUNCH WATCH: After the good nights, only the "WML?" title card was shown for several seconds before cutting off. This didn't stop GSN from finding a way to ruin it all with their cruelly caddish "crunching" of the screen on its November 25, 2008 airing of this episode.
      (5) Following GSN's November 25, 2008 airing of tonight's show, the cable and satellite channel reran the August 9, 1955 edition of "The Name's the Same," hosted by Clifton Fadiman, with the panel assembled this week as Roger Price, Audrey Meadows, Mike Wallace and guest panelist Hildy Parks, and Hoagy Carmichael as the celebrity guest. Miss Parks was only the second future "To Tell the Truth" panelist of the early years to be on "TNTS" this year; another early "TTTT" panelist, Hy Gardner, had a brief stint on "TNTS" earlier in 1955. As for Mr. Carmichael, his appearance on this "TNTS" episode has fared far better in terms of still being able to be seen today, than his mystery guest appearance on the long-lost "WML?" EPISODE #99 of April 20, 1952. - W-B (2008)

    • WELCOME HOME JOHN!!! The panel welcomed home John with open arms this particular evening, especially Bennett, who probably learned a valuable lesson that being a moderator and being a panelist are very different indeed. As it turned out, John's return seemed to inspire the panel, who more than made up for the previous week's dismal performance. In fact, the Mount Kisco Connection of Bennett and Arlene did the majority of the correct guessing. In the first game, Bennett correctly guessed that the first contestant was a member of the British Parliament, after Dorothy opened the door for him. In the second game, it was Arlene's turn to make a correct identification as she correctly guessed that the lovely lady from Hollywood was a stuntwoman. Ironically, John didn't ask if she was a Miss or a Mrs. This was probably done in hopes of confusing the panel. Also, the game featured a rather humorous question from Ernie. In the mystery guest round, Bennett did a good job again when he correctly identified Danny Thomas. In fact, what gave it away was when Danny answered "yes" to the question about the rumor that Jack Benny would be guest starring on the season premiere. Unfortunately, the panel was denied its perfecto when they ran out of time in the final game, so the fire hydrant salesman won the full prize by default. - Sargebri (2005)

      MYSTERY GUEST: As Danny Thomas mentioned, he was nervous because his long-running series "The Danny Thomas Show" (aka "Make Room for Daddy") was having its season premiere that week. However, what really made him nervous was the fact that after four years on ABC, the show moved to CBS in 1957. Usually, moving from one network to another is a sure kiss of death, but in this case, it worked - as the show ran for an additional seven seasons. Another interesting fact about the show is that in one episode, Danny, Kathy (played by Marjorie Lord), Rusty (played by Rusty Hamer) and Linda (played by Angela Cartwright) are caught speeding in a small North Carolina town called Mayberry. Of course, this episode served as the pilot for the classic homespun sitcom "The Andy Griffith Show" starring, of course, Andy Griffith as "Sheriff Andy Taylor." - Sargebri (2005)

      SPUTNIK: During this episode, references were made to the October 4, 1957 surprise launching by the Soviet Union of the first artificial satellite, Sputnik 1. This was the first shot in the space race that culminated in the United States landing on the moon in August 1969. However, there was a darker side to this race because many people thought that the launching of Sputnik showed that the Soviets now had the capability to launch a missile with a nuclear warhead and fire it at the United States. This created a very paranoid situation in America which led to many seemingly normal people running out and building bomb shelters in their backyards. - Sargebri (2005)

    • Dorothy, whose hair is magically turning red again (or perhaps it's just the kinescope or the camera calibration, as Bennett's hair also appeared lighter at some points) announces Bennett was "a meany last week" as the moderator. This episode wound up being hilarious. Up until the mystery guest, the panel was pretty calm. They must have gotten hammered during the last commercial, because when you see them next, they are cracking themselves up! Dorothy can't continue with her questioning because she's laughing so hard! Grade A+! - fiveninegal (2003)

    • Panel: Arlene Francis, Ernie Kovacs, Dorothy Kilgallen, Bennett Cerf.